Cousins Properties Reports Results For The Quarter Ended September 30, 2016

ATLANTA, Nov. 1, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Cousins Properties Incorporated (NYSE: CUZ) today reported its results of operations for the quarter ended September 30, 2016.

Highlights

  • Net income for the third quarter was $0.06 per share.
  • Funds From Operations for the third quarter were $0.22 per share; Funds From Operations before merger costs were $0.23 per share.
  • Same property net operating income on a cash basis increased 4.3% during the third quarter.
  • Second generation net rent per square foot on a cash basis increased 9.1% during the third quarter.
  • Leased or renewed 970,707 square feet of office space during the third quarter.
  • Signed a 16-year, build-to-suit lease with NCR Corporation for the second phase of its world headquarters in Atlanta. Phase II of this development is comprised of a 260,000 square foot office building with a total estimated cost of $119 million.
  • Finalized a 15-year, build-to-suit lease with Dimensional Fund Advisors for its regional headquarters in Charlotte, NC. The Company will own 50% of this development, which is comprised of a 282,000 square foot building with a total estimated cost of $94 million.
  • Closed two, 10-year mortgages secured by Fifth Third Center and Colorado Tower that generated $270 million in proceeds at a weighted average interest rate of 3.41%.
  • Subsequent to quarter end, completed a series of transactions with Parkway Properties whereby the operations of the two companies were combined and the Houston portfolios of both companies were spun off into a separate public company.
  • Subsequent to quarter end, sold Two Liberty Place, a 941,000 square foot office building in Philadelphia for gross proceeds of $219 million. Two Liberty Place was acquired in the merger with Parkway Properties and was owned in a joint venture in which the Company had a 19% interest.
  • Subsequent to quarter end, sold One Ninety One Peachtree, a 1.2 million square foot office building in Atlanta for gross proceeds of $268 million.

"Our third quarter operating results were solid, reflecting strong underlying office fundamentals in our Sunbelt markets," said Larry Gellerstedt, President and Chief Executive Officer of Cousins. "Same property net operating income was positive, rents continued to roll up and leasing velocity accelerated."

"Subsequent to quarter end, we completed a creative and transformational merger and spin-off which we firmly believe has unlocked value for our shareholders. We have increased our scale, enhanced our portfolio diversity, and established significant market share in our core urban submarkets. We have positioned Cousins to become a premier Sunbelt urban office REIT."

Financial Results

Net income was $11.7 million, or $0.06 per share, for the third quarter of 2016, compared with $53.6 million, or $0.25 per share, for the third quarter of 2015. Net income was $42.2 million, or $0.20 per share for the nine months ended September 30, 2016, compared with $68.8 million, or $0.32 per share, for the nine months ended September 30, 2015.

Funds From Operations ("FFO") was $46.4 million, or $0.22 per share, for the third quarter of 2016, compared with $52.5 million, or $0.24 per share, for the third quarter of 2015. FFO was $133.2 million, or $0.63 per share for the nine months ended September 30, 2016, compared with $143.6 million, or $0.66 per share, for the nine months ended September 30, 2015.

The Company incurred $1.9 million and $4.4 million of merger-related costs in the three and nine months ended September 30, 2016, respectively, related to the merger with Parkway Properties, Inc. Net income excluding these merger-related costs was $13.6 million, or $0.06 per share, for the third quarter of 2016 and was $46.6 million, or $0.22 per share, for the nine months ended September 30, 2016. FFO excluding these merger-related costs was $48.4 million, or $0.23 per share, for the third quarter of 2016 and was $137.6 million, or $0.65 per share, for the nine months ended September 30, 2016.

Transactions with Parkway Properties, Inc.

On October 6, 2016, the Company and Parkway Properties, Inc. ("Parkway") combined their operations with Parkway's shareholders receiving 1.63 shares of Cousins stock for each share of Parkway stock.  On October 7, 2016, the Company completed the spin-off of the combined Houston assets of both companies into Parkway, Inc., a separate, publicly-traded REIT ("New Parkway"), via a special taxable dividend.  In the spin-off, each shareholder of Cousins received one share of New Parkway for every eight shares of common or limited voting preferred stock of Cousins held on October 6, 2016.

2016 FFO Guidance

In light of the transactions with Parkway, Cousins has withdrawn its 2016 FFO guidance.

Investor Conference Call and Webcast

The Company will conduct a conference call at 11:00 a.m. (Eastern Time) on Wednesday, November 2, 2016, to discuss the results of the quarter ended September 30, 2016. The number to call for this interactive teleconference is (877) 247-1056.

A replay of the conference call will be available for 7 days by dialing (877) 344-7529 and entering the passcode 10093128. The replay can be accessed on the Company's website, www.cousinsproperties.com, through the "Q3 2016 Cousins Properties Incorporated Earnings Conference Call" link on the Investor Relations page.

A copy of Cousins Properties' third quarter 2016 Supplemental Information can be found in the Investor Relations section of the Company's website at www.cousinsproperties.com.  The information in this update is for informational purposes based on current plans and assumptions and is subject to change.  The Company undertakes no obligation to update this information.

Cousins Properties Incorporated is a leading fully-integrated real estate investment trust (REIT) with extensive experience in development, acquisition, financing, management, and leasing. Based in Atlanta, the Company actively invests in top-tier urban office assets and opportunistic mixed-use properties in Sunbelt markets.

Certain matters contained in this press release are "non-GAAP financial measures." The condensed consolidated statements of operations, condensed consolidated balance sheets, a schedule entitled Funds From Operations, which reconciles net income to FFO, and a schedule entitled Same Property Information, which reconciles cash basis same property net operating income to rental property revenues and rental property expenses, are attached to this press release. The change in second generation net rent per square foot on a cash basis represents the aggregate net rent (base rent less operating expense reimbursements and leasing costs) paid by prior tenants compared to the aggregate net rent paid by current tenants for spaces that have been re-leased in the office portfolio. Second generation leases exclude leases executed for spaces that were vacant upon acquisition, new leases in a development property, and leases for spaces that have been vacant for one year or more. More detailed information on net income and FFO is included in the "Net Income and Funds From Operations - Supplemental Detail" schedule, which is included along with other supplemental information in the Company's Current Report on Form 8-K, which the Company is furnishing to the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC"), and which can be viewed through the "Supplemental Information" and "SEC Filings" links on the "Investor Information & Filings" link of the Investor Relations page of the Company's website at www.cousinsproperties.com. This information may also be obtained by calling the Company's Investor Relations Department at (404) 407-1898.

Certain matters contained in this press release are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the federal securities laws and are subject to uncertainties and risks, as itemized in Item 1A included in the Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2015 and in the Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the three months ended September 30, 2016. These forward-looking statements include information about possible or assumed future results of the business and our financial condition, liquidity, results of operations, plans, and objectives. They also include, among other things, statements regarding subjects that are forward-looking by their nature, such as, our business and financial strategy; our ability to obtain future financing arrangements; future acquisitions and future dispositions of operating assets; future acquisitions of land; future development and redevelopment opportunities; future dispositions of land and other non-core assets; future repurchases of common stock; projected operating results; market and industry trends; future distributions; projected capital expenditures; interest rates; statements about the benefits of the transactions involving the Company and Parkway, including future financial and operating results, plans, objectives, expectations and intentions; all statements that address operating performance, events or developments that we expect or anticipate will occur in the future — including statements relating to creating value for stockholders; benefits of the transactions to tenants, employees, stockholders and other constituents of the combined company; integrating our companies; and cost savings.

Any forward-looking statements are based upon management's beliefs, assumptions, and expectations of our future performance, taking into account information currently available. These beliefs, assumptions, and expectations may change as a result of possible events or factors, not all of which are known. If a change occurs, our business, financial condition, liquidity, and results of operations may vary materially from those expressed in forward-looking statements. Actual results may vary from forward-looking statements due to, but not limited to, the following: the availability and terms of capital and financing; the ability to refinance or repay indebtedness as it matures; the failure of purchase, sale, or other contracts to ultimately close; the failure to achieve anticipated benefits from acquisitions and investments or from dispositions; the potential dilutive effect of common stock offerings; the failure to achieve benefits from the repurchase of common stock; the availability of buyers and adequate pricing with respect to the disposition of assets; risks and uncertainties related to national and local economic conditions, the real estate industry in general, and the commercial real estate markets in particular; changes to our strategy with regard to land and other non-core holdings that require impairment losses to be recognized; leasing risks, including the ability to obtain new tenants or renew expiring tenants, and the ability to lease newly developed and/or recently acquired space; the adverse change in the financial condition of one or more of our major tenants; volatility in interest rates and insurance rates; the availability of sufficient investment opportunities; competition from other developers or investors; the risks associated with real estate developments (such as zoning approval, receipt of required permits, construction delays, cost overruns, and leasing risk); the loss of key personnel; the potential liability for uninsured losses, condemnation, or environmental issues; the potential liability for a failure to meet regulatory requirements; the financial condition and liquidity of, or disputes with, joint venture partners; any failure to comply with debt covenants under credit agreements; any failure to continue to qualify for taxation as a real estate investment trust and meet regulatory requirements; the ability to successfully integrate our operations and employees in connection with the transactions with Parkway; the ability to realize anticipated benefits and synergies of the transactions with Parkway; material changes in the dividend rates on securities or the ability to pay dividends on common shares or other securities; potential changes to tax legislation; changes in demand for developed properties; risks associated with the acquisition, development, expansion, leasing and management of properties; risks associated with the geographic concentration of the Company; the potential impact of the transactions with Parkway on relationships, including with tenants, employees, customers, and competitors; the unfavorable outcome of any legal proceedings that have been or may be instituted against the Company, Parkway, or New Parkway;  significant costs related to uninsured losses, condemnation, or environmental issues; the amount of the costs, fees, expenses and charges related to the transactions with Parkway; and those additional risks and factors discussed in reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") by the Company, Parkway, and New Parkway.

The words "believes," "expects," "anticipates," "estimates," "plans," "may," "intend," "will," or similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Although we believe that our plans, intentions, and expectations reflected in any forward-looking statements are reasonable, we can give no assurance that such plans, intentions, or expectations will be achieved. We undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of future events, new information, or otherwise, except as required under U.S. federal securities laws.  

 

 


COUSINS PROPERTIES INCORPORATED AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(unaudited; in thousands, except per share amounts)



Three Months Ended
September 30,


Nine Months Ended
September 30,


2016


2015


2016


2015

Revenues:








Rental property revenues

$

92,621



$

96,016



$

271,832



$

282,226


Fee income

1,945



1,686



5,968



5,206


Other

153



444



858



593



94,719



98,146



278,658



288,025


Costs and expenses:








Rental property operating expenses

37,760



41,331



112,051



120,672


Reimbursed expenses

795



686



2,463



2,514


General and administrative expenses

4,368



2,976



17,301



12,405


Interest expense

7,710



7,673



22,457



23,219


Depreciation and amortization

31,843



32,538



96,192



103,564


Acquisition and merger costs

1,940



19



4,383



104


Other

173



170



681



970



84,589



85,393



255,528



263,448


Income from continuing operations before taxes, unconsolidated joint
   ventures, and sale of investment properties

10,130



12,753



23,130



24,577


Income from unconsolidated joint ventures

1,527



3,716



5,144



7,088


Income from continuing operations before gain on sale of investment
   properties

11,657



16,469



28,274



31,665


Gain on sale of investment properties



37,145



13,944



37,674


Income from continuing operations

11,657



53,614



42,218



69,339


Income (loss) from discontinued operations:








Income (loss) from discontinued operations



6





(14)


Income (loss) on sale from discontinued operations







(551)





6





(565)


Net income

$

11,657



$

53,620



$

42,218



$

68,774


Per common share information — basic and diluted:








Income from continuing operations

$

0.06



$

0.25



$

0.20



$

0.32


Income from discontinued operations








Net income

$

0.06



$

0.25



$

0.20



$

0.32


Weighted average shares — basic

210,170



216,261



210,400



216,485


Weighted average shares — diluted

210,326



216,374



210,528



216,625


Dividends declared per common share

$

0.08



$

0.08



$

0.24



$

0.24


 

 

COUSINS PROPERTIES INCORPORATED AND SUBSIDIARIES

FUNDS FROM OPERATIONS

(unaudited; in thousands, except per share amounts)



Three Months Ended September 30,


Nine Months Ended September 30,


2016


2015


2016


2015

Net Income

$

11,657



$

53,620



$

42,218



$

68,774


Depreciation and amortization of real estate assets:








Consolidated properties

31,514



32,123



95,152



102,353


Share of unconsolidated joint ventures

3,268



2,891



9,758



8,406


(Gain) loss on sale of depreciated properties:








Consolidated properties



(36,167)



(13,944)



(35,893)


Discontinued properties








Funds From Operations

$

46,439



$

52,467



$

133,184



$

143,640


Merger costs

1,940





4,383




Funds From Operations before Parkway merger costs

$

48,379



$

52,467



$

137,567



$

143,640


Per Common Share — Basic and Diluted:








Net Income

$

0.06



$

0.25



$

0.20



$

0.32


Funds From Operations

$

0.22



$

0.24



$

0.63



$

0.66


Funds From Operations before Parkway merger costs

$

0.23



$

0.24



$

0.65



$

0.66


Weighted Average Shares — Basic

210,170



216,261



210,400



216,485


Weighted Average Shares — Diluted

210,326



216,374



210,528



216,625


 

The table above shows Funds From Operations Available to Common Stockholders ("FFO") and the related reconciliation to Net Income Available to Common Stockholders for Cousins Properties Incorporated and Subsidiaries.  The Company calculated FFO in accordance with the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts' ("NAREIT") definition, which is net income (loss) available to common stockholders (computed in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States ("GAAP")), excluding extraordinary items, cumulative effect of change in accounting principle and gains or losses from sales of depreciable property, plus depreciation and amortization of real estate assets, impairment losses on depreciable investment property and after adjustments for unconsolidated partnerships and joint ventures to reflect FFO on the same basis.

FFO is used by industry analysts and investors as a supplemental measure of an equity REIT's operating performance. Historical cost accounting for real estate assets implicitly assumes that the value of real estate assets diminishes predictably over time.  Since real estate values instead have historically risen or fallen with market conditions, many industry investors and analysts have considered presentation of operating results for real estate companies that use historical cost accounting to be insufficient by themselves.  Thus, NAREIT created FFO as a supplemental measure of REIT operating performance that excludes historical cost depreciation, among other items, from GAAP net income.  Management believes that the use of FFO, combined with the required primary GAAP presentations, has been fundamentally beneficial, improving the understanding of operating results of REITs among the investing public and making comparisons of REIT operating results more meaningful.  Company management evaluates operating performance in part based on FFO.  Additionally, the Company uses FFO along with other measures, to assess performance in connection with evaluating and granting incentive compensation to its officers and other key employees.

 


NET INCOME BEFORE PROPOSED PARKWAY MERGER COSTS

(unaudited; in thousands)



Three Months Ended September 30,


Nine Months Ended September 30,


2016


2015


2016


2015

Net Income

$

11,657



$

53,620



$

42,218



$

68,774


Merger costs

1,940





4,383




Net Income before Parkway merger costs

$

13,597



$

53,620



$

46,601



$

68,774


Per Common Share — Basic and Diluted:








Net income before Parkway merger costs

$

0.06



$

0.25



$

0.22



$

0.32


Weighted Average Shares — Basic

210,170



216,261



210,400



216,485


Weighted Average Shares — Diluted

210,326



216,374



210,528



216,625


 

 


COUSINS PROPERTIES INCORPORATED AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(in thousands, except share and per share amounts)



September 30, 2016


December 31, 2015


(unaudited)



Assets:




Real estate assets:




Operating properties, net of accumulated depreciation of $328,790 and
   $352,350 in 2016 and 2015, respectively

$

2,014,548



$

2,194,781


Projects under development

111,768



27,890


Land

9,669



17,829



2,135,985



2,240,500


Real estate assets and other assets held for sale, net of accumulated depreciation
   and amortization of $119,670 and $7,200 in 2016 and 2015, respectively

203,735



7,246


Cash and cash equivalents

97,241



2,003


Restricted cash

6,566



4,304


Notes and accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts of $1,128
   and $1,353 in 2016 and 2015, respectively

12,215



10,828


Deferred rents receivable

60,094



67,258


Investment in unconsolidated joint ventures

116,933



102,577


Intangible assets, net of accumulated amortization of $110,679 and $103,458 in
   2016 and 2015, respectively

105,015



124,615


Other assets

22,950



35,989


Total assets

$

2,760,734



$

2,595,320


Liabilities:




Notes payable

$

789,378



$

718,810


Liabilities of real estate assets held for sale

106,135



1,347


Accounts payable and accrued expenses

84,641



71,739


Deferred income

34,604



29,788


Intangible liabilities, net of accumulated amortization of $32,922 and $26,890
   in 2016 and 2015, respectively

52,127



59,592


Other liabilities

28,412



30,629


Total liabilities

1,095,297



911,905


Commitments and contingencies




Equity:




Stockholders' investment:




Preferred stock, $1 par value, 20,000,000 shares authorized, -0- shares
   issued and outstanding in 2016 and 2015




Common stock, $1 par value, 350,000,000 shares authorized, 220,498,850
   and 220,255,676 shares issued in 2016 and 2015, respectively

220,499



220,256


Additional paid-in capital

1,723,552



1,722,224


Treasury stock at cost, 10,329,082 and 8,742,181 shares in 2016 and 2015,
   respectively

(148,373)



(134,630)


Distributions in excess of cumulative net income

(132,766)



(124,435)


Total stockholders' investment

1,662,912



1,683,415


Nonredeemable noncontrolling interests

2,525




Total equity

1,665,437



1,683,415


Total liabilities and equity

$

2,760,734



$

2,595,320


 

 

COUSINS PROPERTIES INCORPORATED AND SUBSIDIARIES

SAME PROPERTY INFORMATION

(unaudited; in thousands)



Three Months Ended September 30,


Nine Months Ended September 30,


2016


2015


2016


2015

Net Income

$

11,657



$

53,620



$

42,218



$

68,774


Net operating income from unconsolidated joint ventures

6,760



6,131



20,361



18,103


Net operating loss from discontinued operations







(14)


Fee income

(1,945)



(1,686)



(5,968)



(5,206)


Other income

(153)



(444)



(858)



(593)


Reimbursed expenses

795



686



2,463



2,514


General and administrative expenses

4,368



2,971



17,551



12,502


Interest expense

7,710



7,673



22,457



23,219


Depreciation and amortization

31,843



32,538



96,192



103,564


Acquisition and merger costs

1,940



19



4,383



104


Other expenses

173



175



431



873


Income from unconsolidated joint ventures

(1,527)



(3,716)



(5,144)



(7,088)


Gain on sale of investment properties



(37,145)



(13,944)



(37,674)


Income (loss) from discontinued operations



(6)





565


Net Operating Income

$

61,621



$

60,816



$

180,142



$

179,643










Net Operating Income








Same Property

$

45,908



$

44,322



$

134,847



$

130,800


Non-Same Property

15,713



16,494



45,295



48,843



$

61,621



$

60,816



$

180,142



$

179,643










Non-Cash Items








Straight-line rent

$

3,449



$

4,623



$

16,694



$

10,479


Non-cash income

2,097



1,526



4,518



5,613


Non-cash expense

15





45



(60)



$

5,561



$

6,149



$

21,257



$

16,032


Cash Basis Net Operating Income








 Same Property

42,276



40,518



124,845



118,241


 Non-Same Property

13,784



14,149



34,040



45,369



$

56,060



$

54,667



$

158,885



$

163,610


 

This schedule shows Same Property Net Operating Income and Cash Basis Same Property Net Operating Income and the related reconciliation to net income. Net Operating Income and Cash Basis Net Operating Income are used by industry analysts, investors, and Company management to measure operating performance of the Company's properties. Net Operating Income, which is consolidated rental property revenues less consolidated rental property operating expenses plus the Company's share of net operating income from unconsolidated joint ventures, excludes certain components from net income in order to provide results that are more closely related to a property's results of operations. Certain items, such as interest, depreciation, and amortization expenses, while included in FFO and net income, do not affect the operating performance of a real estate asset. As a result, management uses only those operating income and expense items that are incurred at the property level to evaluate a property's performance. Net operating income from unconsolidated joint ventures, which joint ventures the Company does not control, is derived from the rental property revenues and rental property operating expenses at the joint ventures multiplied by the Company's ownership percentage in the joint ventures.  Same Property Net Operating Income includes those office properties that have been fully operational in each of the comparable reporting periods. A fully operational property is one that has achieved 90% economic occupancy for each of the two periods presented or has been substantially complete and owned by the Company for each of the two periods presented and the preceding year. Cash Basis Same Property Net Operating Income represents Net Operating Income excluding straight-line rents, amortization of lease inducements, and amortization of acquired above and below market rents. Same Property Net Operating Income and Cash Basis Same Property Net Operating Income  allow analysts, investors, and management to analyze continuing operations and evaluate the growth trend of the Company's portfolio.

 

 

CONTACT:  


Gregg D. Adzema


Marli Quesinberry

Executive Vice President and


Director, Investor Relations and

Chief Financial Officer


Corporate Communications

(404) 407-1116


(404) 407-1898

greggadzema@cousinsproperties.com


marliquesinberry@cousinsproperties.com

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